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National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-990-1985
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Ranked #8 of 145 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My husband I toured e Galley on a Thursday evening after the admission was free. There are many interesting exhibits and paintings. We spent 2 + hours touring Bout and did not see it all. It was great to see lots of Canadian artists!

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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A national gem, an eclectic collection, an amazing building and views to soothe the soul. And what's more, a terrific display of art interpretation by young people who take part in the workshops. A visit to the Convent chapel within the gallery, particularly when the Cardiff installation is there, will refresh and renew your spirit. The cafeteria also makes a... More

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Nice displays, but parking quite expensive for a publicly funded building. This place used to be free at one time, before it moved to this location.

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Kanata, Ontario, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Love the exhibits and the busilding itself is beautiful to see. I really enjoy the moving exhibits that come each season. Hard to get to for parking but worth it.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A beautiful museum with a great collection of Canadian art. The interior garden is the perfect spot to sit and reflect on the work you've seen. And the music from the chapel in the lower level is so unexpected, so moving. I loved this museum.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Leave yourself plenty of time- 3 hours minimum! Wide variety of art from contemporary to Classic European and Canadian art . The Inuit art exhibit a bit small, would have liked to have seen more of that. Beautiful views from the cafeteria with good food at a a reasonable price for the quality.

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L B, Social Media Officer at National Gallery of Canada, responded to this review

Hi Car01777, Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you thought of your visit to the National Gallery of Canada. I'm glad to hear you had such a good time and enjoyed the art and the cafeteria (with its incredible views!). Thanks again, Lexie More

Jensen Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If I lived in Ottawa, this is where I would have a yearly membership. Visiting Ottawa for the first time, several locals directed us to the National Gallery of Canada. Architecturally stunning, the museum sits on top of a small hill overlooking the Ottawa River. The hallway leading to the main museum is spectacular. Ironically, there were a few leaks... More

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I wandered here as part of the package I got when booking my hotel. I am not a big consumer of art though I enjoy the wandering and introspection an art gallery presents. The exhibits were well spaced, quiet and fun. I paused for a coffee and sat in the cafe for a while and was impressed with the number... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very impressive architecture. I only had a day to spend so I just breezed into some of the areas of the gallery. I planned on only visiting the Canadian art gallery but for an additional $4, I was also able to visit Gustave Dore's exhibit and I am glad I did. This special exhibit is amazing. I wish I had... More

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Cambodia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The reigning art collection of Canada, bar none, set in a spectacular modern building with appropriate landscaping, set across from the parliament buildings. The exhibition ranges from Flemish masters to Pop Art, to excellent representations of lesser known Italian Renaissance painters, from the storied Group of Seven and modern Canadian pieces to French Romantics and Impressionists ...

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